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Thomas Paine, Our Contemporary

Paine did for the American Revolution what we must do for our present-day revolution against the corporate state: He created a political language that exposed the realities of despotic power and demanded a rational response.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies (VIDEO)

In “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

Chris Hedges takes a page from “Moby Dick” in this speech, in which he sketches out a cautionary tale about the American character and, by extension, the ultimate fate of the human race.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Sarah Palin Asks Barack Obama to Stop Playing ‘the Race Card’ in Honor of Martin Luther King

The former governor of Alaska took the holiday to remind everyone that she is more racially sensitive than the first black president.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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The Play’s the Thing

Maximum-security prisoners in my classroom wrote a visceral and raw drama about life on the streets and inside prison. The bitter truth they told is their song. And now it is my job to make that song heard.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Cornel West and the Fight to Save the Black Prophetic Tradition

Verbal attacks largely by black supporters of President Obama are attempts not only to silence the activist but destroy a historical movement that exposes the president as an ideological heir of the “accommodationist” Booker T. Washington.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


Hedges, West Speak Out for Bradley Manning

Flanked by posters that read “Free Bradley Manning,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and academic and activist Dr. Cornel West discussed the numerous implications of the Army private’s historic court-martial while also speaking out in support of the whistle-blower at a rally over the weekend in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 READ MORE


Cornel West: ‘President Obama Has Very Little Moral Authority’ on Martin Case

Dr. Cornel West, professor at Union Theological Seminary and African-American author and activist, Monday examined the remarks President Obama had made Friday when he compared himself to Trayvon Martin, the black teen gunned down in February.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 READ MORE


The People v. Goldman Sachs

Last Thursday, Chris Hedges, Cornel West and others held a mock trial of Goldman Sachs in Zuccotti Park.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


Team Cain Counters With ‘High-Tech Lynching’ Ad

You know what liberals do? They hit below the belt. That’s the explanation given for the race-based treatment that the mainstream media are giving “beautiful man” Herman Cain, according to this exercise in crisis management produced by Cain’s camp. (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Cornel West Arrested at OWS in Harlem

Princeton University professor Cornel West was among a few dozen protesters arrested at a solidarity march in New York on Friday as OWS activists locked arms with members of progressive groups in front of a Harlem police station. The crowd of a couple of hundred was protesting the practice of “stop-and-frisk,” which allows officers to stop and search city residents on the street. (more)

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 READ MORE


Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ron Thomas

A former Marine and sheriff’s deputy, Ron Thomas, this week’s Truthdigger of the Week, believes there was no excuse for the use of police force that led to the death of his mentally ill son, and he has vowed to seek justice.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West

The liberal class, which attempted last week to discredit the words my friend Cornel West spoke about Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, prefers comfort and privilege to justice, truth and confrontation.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Barack and Bibi, DSK and Arnold; Cornel West’s Broadside

What an action-packed week it was—how will “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley and guest panelist Chrystia Freeland possibly cover it all in 30 minutes? But they do—and they also manage to slip a little Newt-talk in there, too. Listen and learn.

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Eric Schneiderman

This week we celebrate New York’s attorney general for refusing to let Wall Street off the hook. (More, including honorable mentions, after the jump).

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

The celebrated intellectual did 65 campaign events for Barack Obama and now nurses the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed. During their last personal encounter, West says, “I wanted to slap him on the side of his head.”

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama

In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” and urges, “Don’t simply be the friendly face of the American empire.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


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